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October 2007

I’m not sure if I find myself only reading from the Young Adult section of the library because I’m a Youth Services Librarian, or simply because I can’t get enough of the great stories that cover those shelves.

Here are some great titles you should check out whether you’re 17 or 27 (like me!).

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Ophelia: A Novel by Lisa M. Klein

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Jujub_headshot JuJu B. Solomon, a resident of DeKalb County Georgia, was recently named Best Local Singer/Songwriter in the Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2007 issue.  His self titled debut album is out on New Street Records and can be found at Decatur CD.  Recently, I caught up with JuJu B. (known simply as Benjamin when he’s not performing).

Q: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview, Benjamin.  I really enjoy the strange and personal musings on your self titled album.  Many of them border on an uncomfortable awkwardness.  Do the songs come out of meditation, or are the songs a meditation in themselves to help you think through things?

My best friend suggested that I sings songs and play the guitar to soothe myself and explore my failures in a safe space. She’s a psychologist trained in a cognitive technique called EMDR, which is similar to hypnosis, in which patients explore painful memories while the therapist provides a bilateral movement for the patient to focus their eyes on (typically a finger moving back and forth across the line of sight).

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Oct 10 2007

The Dalai Lama in Atlanta

by Heather O

Dl_2Emory University will host a series of events leading to the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an Emory Presidential Distinguished Professor October 19-22, 2007. Emory University is one of the leading centers of Tibetan philosophy and religious studies in the West and the only stop in the Southern United States for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Many of these events are free and open to the public culminating in a public talk in Centennial Olympic Park on Monday October 22nd.

 

For more information on the various events:

http://dalailama.emory.edu/

http://www.tibet.emory.edu

http://www.drepung.org

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In the weeks after the World Trade Center attacks in September 2001, a tribute concert was broadcast featuring current artists performing the songs of John Lennon (available from our library). Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, performed Beatles classics “Across the Universe,” and “Julia,” but he stole the show when he laid into John’s solo part in the early Beatles song “This Boy.” For a moment – and the shouts from the audience bore this out – John Lennon’s spirit visited New York City again in its time of deepest need in the voice of his son.

It’s difficult to hear Sean Lennon’s 2006 album Friendly Fire without comparing his music and singing style to John Lennon’s. Watching the companion DVD, which is essentially a music video version of the album, compounds this feeling as it shows the thirtysomething Sean Lennon looking eerily like his twentysomething father did in the Beatles’ heyday. Having gotten the obvious comparisons over with, Friendly Fire stands on its own as a creative set of progressive rock songs, comparable to late-1990s Radiohead, though much sweeter in tone.

The album’s songs range from mellow ballads like “Dead Meat” and the title track, “Friendly Fire,” to psychedelic (but quite melodic) rock explorations like “Headlights” and “Would I Be the One,” a cover of a song written by the late Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Overall, the catchy and memorable melodies and lush harmonies make Friendly Fire a must-have for music fans.

But what really makes Friendly Fire what it is is the companion DVD. Lennon, who worked with one of his high school friends who is a filmmaker, employs the lost art of the music video to great effect. Standouts in this regard include “Spectacle” and “Headlights,” which the viewer could easily imagine as products of 1980s MTV (in a good way). The music videos are interspersed with vignettes including a movie line conversation reminiscent of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Using actors and friends such as Harper Simon (son of Paul Simon) and Lindsay Lohan, Lennon’s films elevate the already very good music to a true art form that engages, entertains, and amuses the viewer. Check it out.

Here’s a link to clips of the DVD on You Tube.

And Sean Lennon’s official web site: www.seanonolennon.com.

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Oct 8 2007

Books: Your Ticket to the Movies

by Jesse

It seems that every time I go to the movies, I see a trailer for a new movie being based on a great book! In fact, the first movie in The Dark is Rising Series, “The Seeker” opens this week!

One of my FAVORITE classes in college was called “Monstrous Media.” In this class, we discussed Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the various films that had been made across the years representing this story. It was so interesting because we talked about what each filmmaker had chosen to leave out, add, or alter and the reasons why they might have made those choices. It really made me enjoy dissecting the differences between the print and film versions of different stories.

Check out the trailers for “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising” as well as “The Golden Compass”. Both of these great books look like they might be equally great movies. What do you think?

The Golden Compass

The Dark is Rising

Oh! If you want to read the books before you see the movies, be sure to check them out at the library!

Goldencompass The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Darkisrising The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

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Oct 4 2007

New Heights for Book Lovers

by Jimmy L

There are many reasons to love books.  We can love them for the imaginative worlds they describe, or for the knowledge they impart, or even for the sheer beauty of their language.  But here are three people who show us new ways to appreciate books.

Brian Dettmer is an artist who carves into books to reveal the words and art inside.  The result is stunning.  Click here to see more of Brian Dettmer’s work.

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Jessica Drenk also has a novel approach to book art (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun).  Many of her altered books resemble fossils, shells, and other organic matter.  In addition to books, Drenk also works with coffee filters and toilet paper.  See more by Jessica Drenk on her homepage.  (The “Reading Our Remains” section of her website is where the books are)

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Instead of carving into or sculpting books, Paul (aka “peacay” or “pk”) takes existing books, scans their remarkable content into the computer, and highlights them regularly on his blog, BibliOdyssey.

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Oct 3 2007

As seen on….

by Heather O

Books found at your library have always been fodder for movies, but the television line-up this fall continues the trend of books made into television series.

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ABC’s new series “Women’s Murder Club” is based on a James Patterson series about a group of friends with different careers who also fight crime, the most recent addition is “The 6th Target“.

New on the CW, the wildly popular “Gossip Girl” books by Cecily von Ziegesar can also be found in the paperback collection in various libraries, call first to see if your library has it.

Bones“, on FOX, is based on the Kathy Reichs series featuring forensic scientist Temperance Brennan. Her most recent book is “Bones to Ashes

Dexter” is a show that could only be on cable; Showtime to be precise. Based on novels by Jeffry Lindsay such as “Dexter in the Dark“, this dark series is about a serial killer who targets criminals.

Want a TV show about a private detective who also happens to be a wizard? Check out Sci-fi channel’s “Dresden Files” based on the Jim Butcher novels such as “White Night: a Novel of the Dresden Files.”

Based on the 1979 Stephen King novel “Dead Zone“, the USA network series starring Anthony Michael Hall is now in its 7th season.

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In the excitement about the release of Ken Burns’ The War on PBS last week, don’t forget about one of Burns’ other popular projects which the library owns on DVD.

Ken Burns’ epic history of baseball, which DCPL recently acquired on DVD, is long.  Consisting of nine episodes, each roughly two hours long, Baseball delves into America’s Pastime in as much detail as one might expect from a college course.  The beauty of this series, though – the reason why it still stands up fourteen years after its release – is that you don’t mind the length.  Baseball is Ken Burns storytelling at its finest, using old photographs, films, and many of today’s finest film and stage actors to weave a spellbinding tale of romance and friendship, prejudice and disgrace, defeat and victory.

From the fascinating biographical portraits of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson, to the play-by-play of bygone world series that brings you to the edge of your seat, to the exploration of baseball’s social implications surrounding racial segregation, Baseball offers a very entertaining and complete history that leaves you wanting more, even after all that time you’ve spent watching it!

Click here to get the first episode of Ken Burns’ Baseball.

The library also owns many other Burns projects on DVD.  Here’s a small sample:

The Civil War

Mark Twain

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Oct 1 2007

Total “Eclipse”

by Jesse

“Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer was just so fantastic, that I quickly devoured the sequel “New Moon.” Now? I’m pretty much her personal slave.

So, in honor of the release of the third book in this trilogy “Eclipse” on August 7th, the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Branch will be hosting an Eclipse Prom on Halloween night!

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What to Wear

Dress to impress! There will be a Best Look-a-Like contest for those who dress like characters from the books. The prize? An AUTOGRAPHED copy of “Eclipse” signed by Stephenie Meyer!

Um, Do We Have to Bring a Date?

Hey, if you’ve got one, go ahead and bring them, but they’ll be plenty of us going stag!

Ok, I’m In! So, When and Where is the Prom?

Wednesday October 31st, 6:00-8:00PM

Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

Have no idea what I’m talking about?

Check the first two books out @ your library.

Want to learn more about Stephenie Meyer and other Eclipse Proms across the country?

Visit her website!

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